Sapphires are the best gemstone

By: Sammy Bales

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Sapphires are a gemstone, but the mineral that sapphire's are made of is a variety of corundum. Sapphires uses are gemstones or also the birthstone for the month of September. Although sapphires are mostly known as being the color blue, they actually come in many different colors, including clear. The hardness of a sapphire is 9 on the Moh's scale making it one of the hardest minerals known to man. The Moh's scale starts at 1 with the softest of minerals and ends with 10 being the hardest. Talc is one of the softest minerals known and is a 1 on the Moh's scale. A diamond is a 10 on the Moh's scale and is the hardest mineral known. The crystals in a sapphire are trigonal and it has strong pleochroic characteristics.

Why you should by sapphires?

Sapphires are a very valuable gemstone/mineral that can be used as birthstones or for jewelry. Sapphires come in nearly every color excluding red, in which they are called rubys. Although they come in many colors, blue is the more than likely the most desirable.

About Sam

Sam is born in June making her birthstone a pearl. Pearls formula is CaCO3. Unlike all other minerals, pearls are not found in the ground or in a cave, pearls are found inside of a living oyster. Pearls are considered a very highly valued gemstone and have been mostly worn as jewelry or in decorations for many years. Pearls also can be crushed and made into makeup, medicines, or paint.